Up to 60% of those with female reproductive organs in the United States will develop a urinary tract infection (UTI) at some point. At Women’s Care of Beverly Hills, the experienced medical team offers diagnostic testing and treatment services for those with UTIs. The team customizes a care plan to treat the infection and prevent it from worsening. They also provide resources to avoid recurrent infections if you’re prone to UTIs. If you have symptoms of a UTI, call the office in Redondo Beach or Beverly Hills, California, or book an appointment online today.
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a common condition in those with female reproductive organs. This type of infection develops when bacteria enter any part of your urinary tract, such as your bladder.
Some people are prone to UTIs because their urethra, the tube that carries urine out of the body, is short and close to the vaginal and anal openings which normally harbor bacteria. This makes it easier for bacteria to enter your body and settle in your urinary tract.
Bacteria that cause the infection most commonly come from your rectum, especially if you wipe from back to front after using the bathroom. Other factors that can elevate your risk for a UTI include:
You might also be more likely to get frequent UTIs during menopause because hormone changes can change the balance of natural bacteria already in your vagina.
You should schedule a consultation at Women’s Care of Beverly Hills for a UTI if you have symptoms like:
If the infection moves into your kidney, you might also experience chills, fever, lower back pain, and nausea or vomiting.
To prevent complications from a worsening infection, you should seek medical care right away. Untreated UTIs can lead to kidney damage, pregnancy complications, and sepsis, a potentially life-threatening reaction to an infection.
The team offers in-office urine tests to check for bacteria. They may also complete a physical exam, ultrasound, or sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing to rule out other conditions.
The Women's Care of Beverly Hills team can prescribe antibiotics to relieve symptoms of a UTI and clear the bacterial infection. Drinking plenty of fluids will also help flush out your urinary tract.
The team may recommend over-the-counter pain relievers if you have abdominal discomfort or pain from a UTI.
To prevent additional UTIs, you should stay hydrated, avoid douching and hygiene products or wipes, and practice good hygiene. You may also need to limit baths and take showers instead.
If you have symptoms of a UTI, schedule a diagnostic evaluation online or call the Women’s Care of Beverly Hills office nearest you today.